eBay in the News
Stewart Richardson pulls off largest eBay scam to date
Losses may reach 250K
Has Figurines sold on eBay for 5 years
Has 6,000 rave reviews posted, so he was trusted
Held a large auction for many items the first week of January
Disappeared with all proceeds
Bidding for Segway Human Transporter (HT) reaches $100,000
Formerly known as Ginger and IT
Top Speed 12.5 mph
Range: 17 miles
Platform height: 8 inches
Width: 19 inches
Weight: 80 pounds
Cost: Initially 8 to 10K
Virtual World Grows Real Economy on Ebay
EverQuest players create and control characters ? avatars ? within a fantasy world Norrath
They can trade using the game?s currency? of ?platinum pieces?
Edward Castronova found ?platinum pieces? for sale on eBay
He computed that Norrath has a gross national product per capita of $2,266.
If Norrath were a country, it would be the 77 th most wealthy, just behind Russia
Players earn an average of $3.42 per hour
What is EverQuest?
Real 3D, massively parallel multiplayer role-playing game
2,000 players per server.
Up to 60,000 online at any time
Over 400,000 active users
13 races, 14 classes, 40 skills, 5 continents, powerful deities
Very addictive (I read about one EverQuest divorce)
Hand Disorder linked to Vibrating Console Controllers
15-year old boy played Sony Playstation for 7 hours a day
Hands became painful and swollen
Condition cannot be reversed and reappears when he hold anything that vibrates, like a drill
Recommend 15 minute break each hour
Napster Finally Get a Break in Court
Napster contended that label sought to impose anti-competitive licensing terms with online rivals, even as they created joint ventures among themselves
Napster calls such actions copyright misuse
Federal judge ordered that such practices should be scrutinized further
IBM is gaining share of server market
LCD Flatpanel monitors may go up in price
Raw material shortage
Motherglass shortage expected to last until 2003
Looking Back at CISCO $2 Billion Blunder
Supply chain screw up caused May 2001 $2.2 billion write-down
Cisco over produced equipment
Multitiered supply chaing did not repond to reduction in demand
Many customers ordered multiple times during the shortage.
After Global Crossing, Is There Any Hope for Broadband
Thanks Dan Benson of the Internet Society for this article
Low broadband demand is documented by FCC
Fewer than 10% of households have signed up for broadband despite the fact that it is available to 81 million homes via cable and 51 million homes via phone lines. Only 6% of businesses have signed up.
Consumers not willing to shell out $45 per month
Not needed for email?.dialup works just fine
Not enough broadband content on the net.
Google eyes IPO
Hires insider Sheryl Sandberg to drum up new business
Harvard MBA, former World Bank Economist, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Larry Summers
Safeway Expanding Net services
Now offering home delivery to 50 neighborhoods in Sacramento area
Already testing home delivery in San Francisco area
Competing with online rival Albertson
Filling the void after WebVan and Kosmo folded and
Peapod moved out.
Microsoft and Apple alliance
Five years ago MS invested $150 in Apple, released MS Office for Apple, and Apple dropped with patent infringement lawsuit
Agreement ends this summers
Apple opposed the recent settlement to put MS Software in schools and courts agreed.
But MS just released Office X, hailed by some as the best version of MS Office
While they dance again? Wait and see.
Security in the News
Exeskeloton Program at DARPA
Remember the PowerLoader from the movie Aliens where Leutienant Ellen Ripley battled the monster while encased in the Powerloader?
It is about to become real in DARPA execskeloton program
University of California at Berkeley
Oak Ridge National Labs
SARCOS Research Corporation
Monkey Moves Cursor by Thoughts Alone
CalTech research project by Daniella Meeker
Placed sensitive electrodes in the posterior perietal cortex of a rhesus monkey and trained it to play a simple video game.
Used MRI to placed sensors
Trained the monkey to think about moving arm and looked for signals
Inmates Help with Electronic Recyling
Rebuild or Recycle old computers
Good training and produces many computers to give away
US Penitentiary in Atwater, California
Duplicate Palm Entries
This is a common problem when using online synchronization on a palm and a computer
Take a look a UnDupe to remove duplicate entries
Improper Program Deletion
Just delete the extra icons on the desktop and remove the entries from the Start Menu. In most cases this will be just fine.
However, if you want to completely get rid of the application, use Norton CleanSweep 2002 to eliminate orphan files and remove unneeded registry entries
Selecting New Operating System for small office
Use Windows XP for the machines with speeds greater than 350Mhz.
Stay with 98 for the slower machines.
Make certain to ask about the licensing programs. You can save real money if you need five or more licenses.
Next Start: March 16 th for all programs
Campuses at both Woodbridge and Falls Church
Scholarship Day is Saturday, March 9th Woodbridge 10 AM